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swain

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noun \ˈswān\

Simple Definition of swain

  • : a man who is a woman's lover

Full Definition of swain

  1. 1 :  rustic, peasant; specifically :  shepherd

  2. 2 :  a male admirer or suitor

swain·ish play \ˈswā-nish\ adjective
swain·ish·ness noun

Examples of swain

  1. a fair maiden and her swain

  2. <a romanticized portrait of a bygone era of beauteous Southern belles and their gallant swains>



Origin of swain

Middle English swein boy, servant, from Old Norse sveinn; akin to Old English swān swain, Latin suus one's own — more at suicide


First Known Use: 14th century


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